comparisons: Richie & Nash

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comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by James Trotta » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:43 pm

This thread is where you ask questions or practice the grammar in the Richie & Nash comparison class: http://www.eslgo.com/classes/richienash.html

Which one is older? Which one is younger? etc.

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About "not as...as"

Post by xuansit » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:59 am

I have a question on "not as ... as".
If I say, "A is not as ADJECTIVE as B", dose it mean "B is more ADJECTIVE than A"?

I always think it should just mean there are differences between A and B, but not make a comparative.
I have ever said, "the elephant is not as big as the mouse". I didn't notice the mistake before. :? :?

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Re: About "not as...as"

Post by James Trotta » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:27 am

It's more usual to say the mouse is smaller than the elephant or the elephant is bigger than the mouse. So it sounds a little weird to say "the elephant is not as small as the mouse" but that certainly does mean the same as "the mouse is smaller than the elephant". It's just the second one sounds normal while the first one sounds weird.

When comparing two small things, as...as sounds much more normal. The "rat isn't as small as the mouse" sounds alright.
xuansit wrote:I have a question on "not as ... as".
If I say, "A is not as ADJECTIVE as B", dose it mean "B is more ADJECTIVE than A"?

I always think it should just mean there are differences between A and B, but not make a comparative.
I have ever said, "the elephant is not as big as the mouse". I didn't notice the mistake before. :? :?

Thank you.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by xuansit » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:05 am

Sorry for the late thanks, but still Thank you, James.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by Homi » Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:24 pm

My question is : is that grammatically wrong if we say ,he is not taller than him instead of saying not as tall as .....I just wondering to know .thanks.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by boxcar » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:47 pm

Homi wrote:My question is : is that grammatically wrong if we say ,he is not taller than him instead of saying not as tall as .....I just wondering to know .thanks.
I wouldn't say it's incorrect but "not as tall as" would be more acceptable. Does that make sense?

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by James Trotta » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:58 am

I agree with boxcar - the grammar is fine with "He is not taller than John." But it would be used that way in a certain context, for example to emphasize disagreement:

Tim: Let's get Ted for our basketball team. He's the tallest guy we know.
Jim: Ted? He is not taller than John. John's like 6 inches taller than anyone we know.
Homi wrote:My question is : is that grammatically wrong if we say ,he is not taller than him instead of saying not as tall as .....I just wondering to know .thanks.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by Lifen » Tue May 08, 2012 10:07 pm

I have already learned garmmar of as.....as; not as.....as; almost as....as.
Here is my homework today.
Shanghai is more moden than Shenzhen.
Shenzhen is not as morden as Shanghai.
But Shanghai is as morden as Tokyo.

The dog is as passionate as human.
The weather rainy is not as snowy as fun.
English as easy as Chinese.
Japanese is not as easy as Chinese or English.
My hair is not as curly as my sister's.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by James Trotta » Wed May 09, 2012 12:21 am

See my suggestions in bold.
Lifen wrote:I have already learned garmmar of as.....as; not as.....as; almost as....as.
Here is my homework today.
Shanghai is more moden than Shenzhen.
Shenzhen is not as morden as Shanghai.
But Shanghai is as morden as Tokyo.

The dog is as passionate as a human.
The weather rainy is not as snowy as fun. - Rainy weather is not as fun as snowy weather
English is as easy as Chinese.
Japanese is not as easy as Chinese or English.
My hair is not as curly as my sister's.

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by Eden » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:55 am

The earth is bigger than the moon.
The Sun is bigger than the earth.
The plane is not as light as feather, but it can fly in the air.

please correct me if i am wrong. thanks. :D

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by James Trotta » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:39 pm

Comparisons look good - I just added an article to the third one.
Eden wrote:The earth is bigger than the moon.
The Sun is bigger than the earth.
A plane is not as light as a feather, but it can fly in the air.

please correct me if i am wrong. thanks. :D

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Re: comparisons: Richie & Nash

Post by Eden » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:27 am

Thank you,James. :lol:

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